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University of Iowa News Release

March 4, 2004

UI Rehabilitation Counseling Students Establish ARCA Chapter

The University of Iowa College of Education's Rehabilitation Counseling program has become the first such program in the nation to start a student chapter of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA).

ARCA is a professional organization of rehabilitation counseling practitioners, educators and students concerned with improving the lives of people with disabilities. Its mission is to enhance the development of people with disabilities throughout their life span and to promote excellence in the rehabilitation counseling profession.

"The students are the future of the profession, so getting them involved while they're on campus allows them to better understand the issues and to network with professionals," said Rehabilitation Counseling Professor Dennis R. Maki.

Maki said the student chapter also serves to enhance the UI's already strong reputation in the national rehabilitation counseling community.

Antony White and Stacia Wissink, rehabilitation counseling doctoral students, were instrumental in getting the group started.

"It's important for us to be a student affiliate because it strengthens our voice in the profession," White said. "We provide a type of bridge between students and professionals."

After establishing their own chapter, UI students are now helping students at other schools do the same.

Representatives from the UI ARCA chapter as well as some from Florida State University, which was the second school to have a student chapter, will instruct other schools on how to start their own chapters at the American Counseling Association conference next month in Kansas City.

"We're very proud of our students and their work leading other students in the field," Maki said.

More information about ARCA is available online at

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